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welcome to newsroom international. i'm suzanne malveaux. we're taking you around the world in 60 minutes n syria, two car bombs exploded in a town near damascus. the number of people wounded and killed is high and rising. at least 45 people, mostly civilians are reported dead. more than 100 injured. the bombs went off in a town known as a refuge for people forced from their homes by this civil war in syria.
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they weren't the only explosions. two bombs went off at the same time in a residential neighborhood in damascus. we don't know yet how many people are hurt or who is claiming responsibility. this is the wreckage of a syrian air force jet crashed and burning not far from aleppo. rebel fighters claim they shot it down and captured one of the pilots. this is amateur film. a cnn crew was just on the scene after the crash. rebels saying they also shot down a government helicopter yesterday. that captured on video. take a look. an opposition group posted its facebook page that the free syrian army brought down the helicopter with an anti aircraft weapon. we don't know what happened to the people who were actually on board that helicopter.
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we want to go straight to washington to listen to the president. he's now making a statement with middle class families talking about the importance of reaching a deal and not going over the so-called fiscal cliff. let's listen in. >> it would be good for our children's future and i believe that both parties can agree on a framework that does that in the coming weeks. in fact, my hope is to get this done before christmas. but the place where we already have, in theory at least, complete agreement, right now, is on middle class taxes. and as i've said before, we've got two choices. if congress does nothing, every family in america ll see their tacks automatically go up at the beginning of next year. starting january 1st, every family in america will see their taxes go up. a typical middle class family of
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four would see its income taxes go up by $2200. $2200 out of people's pockets. that means less money for buying grocery, less money for filling prescriptions, less money for buying diapers. it means a tougher choice between paying the rent and paying tuition and middle class families just can't afford that right now. by the way, businesses can't afford it either. yesterday i sat down with some small business owners who stressed this point. economists predict that if taxes go up on the middle class next year, consumers will spend nearly $200 billion lesson things like cars and clothes and furniture and that obviously means fewer customers, that cuts into business profits, that makes businesses less likely to invest and higher which means fewer jobs and that can drag our entire economy down.
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now, the good news is, there's a better option. right now, as we speak, congress can pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. everybody's. and that means that 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses wouldn't see their income tacks go up by a single dime. 98% of americans, 97% of small businesses would not see their income tacks go up by a single dime. even the wealthiest americans would still get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. so it's not like folks who make more than 250 aren't getting a tax break, too. they are getting a tax break on the first 250 just like everybody else. families and small businesses would, therefore, be able to enjoy some peace of mind heading into christmas and heading into
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the new year. and it would give us more time than next year to work together on a comprehensive plan to bring down our deficits, to streamline our tax system, to do it in a balanced way, including asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little more so we can invest in training, education, science, and research. now, i know some of this may sound familiar to you because we talked a lot about this during the campaign. this shouldn't be a surprise to anybody. this was a major debate in the presidential campaign and in congressional campaigns all across the country and a clear majority of americans, not just democrats but also a lot of republicans and a lot of independents agreed we should have a balanced approach to deficit reduction that doesn't hurt the economy and doesn't hurt middle class families. and i'm glad to see, if you've been reading the papers lately, that more and more republicans in congress seem to be agreeing with this idea that we should have a balanced approach.
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so if both parties agree we should not raise taxes on middle class families, let's begin our work with where we agree. the senate's already passed a bill that keeps income taxes from going up on middle class families. democrats in the house are ready to vote for that same bill today. if we can get a few house republicans to agree as well, i'll sign this bill as soon as congress sends it my way. i've got to repeat, i've got a pen, i'm ready to sign it. so -- so my point here today is to say, let's approach this problem with the middle class in mind, the folks who are behind me and the millions of people all across the country who they represent. the american people are watching what we do.
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middle class families, folks working hard to get into the middle class, they are watching what we do right now. if there's one thing that i've learned, when the american people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, congress listens. tens of thousands of working americans called and tweeted and e-mailed their representatives asking them to do the right thing. and sure enough, it worked. the same thing happened earlier this year when college students across the country stood up and demanded that congress keep rates low on their student loans. congress got the message loud and clear and they made sure that interest rates on student loans did not go up. so the lesson is that when enough people get involved, we have a pretty good track record of actually making congress work. and that's important because this is our biggest challenge yet and it's one that we can only meet together. so in the interest of making
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sure that everybody makes their voices heard, last week we asked people to tell us what would a $2,000 tax hike mean to them. some said it would make it more difficult to send their kids to college. others said it would make it harder to cover prescription costs. some said it would be tough to pay their mortgage. lynn from newport news just wants to see some cooperation in washington. she wrote, let's show the rest of the world that we're adults and living in a democracy we can solve our problems by working together. so that's what this debate's all about and that's why it's so important, that as many americans as possible send a message that we need to keep moving forward. so today i'm asking congress to listen to the people who sent us here to serve. i'm asking americans all across
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the country to make your voice heard. tell members of congress what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to you. call your members of congress. write them an e-mail. post it on their facebook walls. you can tweet it by tweeting my2k. not y2k. we figured that would make it easy to remember. i want to ensure the american people that i'm doing my part. i'm sitting down with ceos and leaders in congress. i am ready and able and willing and excited to go ahead and get this issue resolved in a bipartisan fashion so that american families, american businesses have some certainty going into next year and we can do it in a balanced and fair way
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and our first job is to make sure middle class taxes don't go up and since we all theoretically agree on, that we should get that done. if we get that done, a lot of the other stuff will be easier. so in light of just sort of spreading this message, i'm going to be visiting pennsylvania on friday to talk with folks at a small business there that are trying to make sure that they are filling their christmas orders and i will go anywhere and do whatever it takes to get this done. now is the time for us to work on what we all agreed to, which is keeping middle class taxes low. it's what the economy needs and what the middle class deserves. a lot of the other issues surrounding deficit deduction are going to be a whole lot easier. and if we get this wrong, the economy is going to go south. it's going to be much more
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difficult for us to balance our budgets and deal with our deficits because if the economy's not strong, that means more money's going out and things like unemployment insurance and less money is coming in in terms of tax receipts and it just actually makes our deficit worse. so we really need to get this right. i can only do it with the help of the american people. so tweet -- what was that again? my2k or e-mail, post it on a member of congress' facebook wall. do what it takes to communicate a sense of urgency. we don't have a lot of time. we have a few weeks to get this done. we could get it done tomorrow. now, optimistically i don't think we're going to get it done tomorrow. but i tell you, if everybody here goes out of their way to make their voices heard and spread the word to your friends and family and co-workers and
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neighbs, i am confident that we will get it done and we will put america on the right track, not just for next year but for many years to come. all right? thank you very much, everybody. >> all right. the president there wrapping up obviously his campaign using social media to make his point. he's negotiating, trying to make sure that the nation does not go off the so-called fiscal cliff and he's negotiating with republicans behind closed doors but obviously making his case to the public, very much putting pressure on those members of congress to do it his way as well. so we'll have more on that. we're also following another story. this is backlash on capitol hill. this is criticism of the u.n. ambassador susan rice. it is now heating up as she meets with more republicans and faces more questions. we're going to have a live report up next. [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters?
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benghazi, syria. rice returned to capitol hill to meet with two more republican critics. one of them, susan collins, says she's still troubled by the way that the events have unfolded. i want to return to dana bash. it was surprising, actually, when we heard senator collins come out to the microphones. this is a moderate. this is someone who susan rice perhaps might have had a friend or an ally and really she was very, very hard on her in terms of the explanation. what happened in that meeting? >> reporter: well, according to senator susan collins, she didn't get the answers that she was looking for. she said she still has a lot of unanswered questions. it's really important to understand how significant susan collins is in this potential process. she isn't nominated for secretary of state, nobody is, but she's still considered to be a leading contender and that's part of the reason why she's
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been coming up in a really unusual way, frankly, making the rounds and trying to effectively lobby senators that she didn't do anything that wrong even before she's nominated. but the reason why susan collins is so important, she's one of the few remaining moderate republicans left. if susan rice is nominated to be secretary of state and other republicans make good on their promise to block her, susan collins would be a critical voice. the fact that she says she's still troubled is bad, bad news. i asked her how she would vote if sherp to vote right now. take a listen. >> need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. she's not been posted yet. our homeland security committee investigation is ongoing. there are many different players in this and there's much yet to be learned.
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so i think it would be premature for me to reach that judgment now. >> reporter: suzanne, you've covered the white house, both parties, and you know that there's a dance that goes on. part of the dance that is going on now is testing the waters to see if it would be even plausible for susan rice to be nominated and approved and the fact that senator collins, this moderate from maine, who, by the way, introduced susan rice when she was nominated to be u.s. ambassador to the u.n. about three years ago, the one thing i should underscore is that susan collins said one of the reasons she's troubled is because she played what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election. so there you have it. >> dana, real quickly here, what does she want to know from ambassador rice? is there something specific that she didn't get, part of an explanation that she needs to know he in order to resolve
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this? >> reporter: well, she has lots of questions but she did introduce a new wrinkle into the whole question about susan rice's qualifications or experience, probably the better way to put it, and that wrinkle is that back in 1998, the bombings of the u.s. embassies across africa, susan rice at the time was assistant secretary of state for africa. so what senator collins said she was asking was whether or not she was part of the team that denied those embassies who apparently were begging at the time for more security, deny them more security. what senator collins said is that ambassador rice said she would have to refresh her memory, it was a lot of years ago, her role in that process. that's a new wrinkle here. we've heard a lot about benghazi and the current history but not going back all of those years. >> dana, thank you so much. i want to focus on what senator collins talked about and what dana mentioned here. it really goes to susan rice's
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readiness, given that she was the assistant secretary for african african-americans during the bombing that happened in 1998. i want to bring in peter bergen in to talk about this. tell us about the bombings that took place and what was rice's role? >> well, two embassies in africa were bombed simultaneously killing more than 200 people, 12 americans died, many africans and, you know, senator collins is certainly correct that at the time the ambassador to kenya requested additional security at -- or better security at the embassy because the embassy at that time in kenya was at a very business intersection. it was not well-defended against car bombs and the like. as a result of the attacks, the state department produced new standards which meant that any new embassy had to be moved back
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from intersection or roads. and so, you know, collins is certainly right that this request was made. now, did susan rice not respond to that, i don't think we know the answer to that. was it even susan rice's responsibility? usually this is handled by the bureaucratic department and so the fact that she was in charge of africa may not have any bearing on this issue. obviously she's not responsibility for the security at the benghazi as ambassador of the u.n. we don't know the facts of the matter and it's a tiny bit of a red herring, i think. >> i wanted to ask you that because is there a legitimate concern that senator collins has when she says the united states did not learn from the lessons of the '98 bombings and here we are in benghazi and we see that they are jumping up and down asking for help, they don't have
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enough security. why didn't we learn those lessons from '98 and then she puts susan rice in that position from '98. is that a leap here to actually involve rice in that kind of comparison with benghazi? >> i think, suzanne, it's a little bit of a leap. we don't know the facts of what her involvement was and -- or lack of involvement in the '98 requests for additional security measures at the embassy in kenya. but the fact is that the consulate in benghazi was not an embassy of any typical kind. it really looks like a cia listening station. the kind of security arrangements that were in place were inadequate but it wasn't an embassy. when you build an embassy, there's a formal process about the kinds of materials you use and the setback from the street and the kinds of security measures in place. benghazi, you know, didn't rise to that and as a sort of -- so, you know, there's sort of apples
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and oranges. but the fact is she's introduced a new line of criticism against ambassador rice. >> do you think it's relevant, peter -- do you think it's relevant the question that susan collins is now raising as part of, let's say the president did say, i want susan rice as my secretary of state, they have the process, they go before and the senators consider her, do you think it's legitimate, this issue that she's brought up now? >> well, a, it was 14 years ago. b, al qaeda unfortunately wasn't deemed to be a significant threat and, c, it's not even clear that she, you know, was in any way responsible for the lack of, you know, movement on the ambassador's request for security. these things will come out in more details, obviously, in the next few days. >> okay. >> but let's us see. >> all right. peter bergen, thank you so much. appreciate your analysis, as always. there are no signs that he
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egypt's tahrir square. they say that they are going to stay there until mohamed morsi gave back the powers that he took himself days ago. liberates and moderates feel that he's trying to push the democracy back into dictatorship. president morsi says it will remain this way until the constitution is finalized. i want to bring in reza sayeh. first of all, give us a feeling of what is happening on the streets and how people feel about where they are in this. >> reporter: well, protesters are still here, nowhere near the numbers of the 1 million demonstration last night.
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but we have a whole bunch of other collision courses taking shape, suzanne, that could complicate this. here's why. president morsi wants the new constitution drafted immediately. 100-member panel has been designed to write this new constitution but there's been a whole lot of problems and conflict. the panel is dominated by supporters of the muslim brotherhood, islamists. many liberal members have quit and protested. >> reza, we have breaking news. senator bob corker, a republican from tennessee reacting to susan rice's statements. >> i very much appreciate the transparency and type of conversations we've had from day one. i know that she has her portion of the investigation underway and i know there are others that are happening and that's
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something that we'll set aside, we'll continue to pursue until we fully understand what is happening. but, again, i have found no heroes here in washington. i'm very disappointed in the entire apparatus here. i spent time on the ground with our station chief, with our chief cia operative in libya and was very aware exactly what he had shared with intelligence officials here and i spoke with somebody on the ground who was there after the ambassador was killed and the type of information that was transmitted both here internally but also externally to the public to me is greatly disappointing when all you have to do is talk with an individual on the ground to know what is happening. again, i'm going to put that aside for a moment. i know that the reason this has caught such a -- caused such
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interest by all is that there's a potential for a nomination and some of the people that, you know, have been a part of what was disappointing regarding benghazi have been mentioned. i know that at some point i may play some important role in who the next secretary of state may be. i would just ask the president to step back for a moment and realize that all of us here hold the secretary of state to a very different standard than most cabinet members. there's a handful of people that the president surrounds himself with that all of us hold to a very different level and the secretary of state, no doubt, is one of those. we want someone of independence,
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someone that we understand is going to support the administration and their efforts but somebody who's transparent and direct and i would just ask that the president step back from all of the buzz around this particular be situation and take a deep breath and decide who is the best secretary of state for our country at this time when we have so many issues to deal with, in the middle east and other places with other geopolitical issues happening around the world. and, you know, we can all -- all of us. i know i've done it. i've lived a lifetime in business and we can become close to people and you have loyal soldiers and others. the president is going to have to make a decision about who he nominates to be secretary of
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state. hopefully it will be someone that is able to both show independence but have the ability to lead this nation and the world through many of the difficulties that we have before us. and when he makes that nomination, i look forward to thoroughly examining that person, looking at their credentials, and making my own determination at that time when it's made. so with that, i really don't plan on making any more comments about who or who may not be nominated to be secretary of state. i do look forward to weighing in heavily when the nomination is made and i thank all of you for your interest. >> before you said that she would be a better seat chair than secretary of state. do you feel that way afterwards? >> as i mentioned, and i've shared this with ambassador rice when i was in the room, i really
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don't plan on making any more comments. that should not be received as a positive or a negative. okay? >> it doesn't sound very positive. >> i just think -- i think benghazi -- benghazi has not been our nation's best moment. that's an understatement. and benghazi on its own deserves full and deep scrutiny and all of us hopefully will learn from it. so i want to put that over aside and say, look, you know, i said this -- even in spite of -- in spite of the comments that i have made, which i certainly -- in spite of the comments that
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i've made, i've said from day one whoever the nominee ends up being, obviously i'm going to give that person a full hearing, as i always do. and i hope the president will not allow himself to get caught up in all of the smallness of -- that's happened over the last several weeks. i hope what he'll do is step back and really think about our nation and put forth who he deems to be the very best person for the job. >> senator, after your meeting, would you say that you are more likely, less likely to vote for her? >> as i mentioned, i don't plan on making any more comments about who might be secretary of the state. i think the first person who needs to weigh in on that is going to be the president and, you know, once he makes that nomination, you know, i certainly plan on spending a lot of time with that individual and
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talking about a lot of other things. i mean, secretaries of state usually bring with them a history and a lot of interactions and i certainly look forward to whoever he nominates doing the same thing. >> when you talk about benghazi, did you get any clarity or any sense from your conversation today that helps with those concerns? >> i cannot be more disappointed in our nation -- >> senator bob corker you've been listening to there saying that he believes susan rice would make a better dnc chair than secretary of state. that's really suggesting that some of the statements are partisan in nature and suggesting that she was not open in her statements. susan rice explaining to the republicans why it is she gave the explanation that she did after the attack in benghazi. clearly failing to win the
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this is ap country that provides minerals for almost every mobile laptop. but right now in central africa, congo is making headlines for a much different reason. armed rebels calling themselves the m223. they promised to with draw 12 miles outside of goma. there is a peace deal that perhaps is under way but you've got rebels making demands as well. where are we in this? >> reporter: well, suzanne, the rebels have made a long list of
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demands. some of them unrealistic. they've asked for better terms of the peace deal which they are in fact named after. they split from the government earlier this year. they are part of the army in the congo, suzanne. they left around april. since then, they've been pushing south towards the capital of the region goma and last week they came in effectively in the end without a fight. the u.n. forces looked on, the peacekeepers looked on as they took this key city and the government soldiers fled. just who are m-23? as i described, they used to be part of the army and many people say -- >> we've lost him. i want to go to -- i want to follow up with this because we're talking about the rebel takeover of goma and creating what is a nightmare situation on the ground for the people there. u.n. officials are saying that 140,000 people have been forced from their homes and refugees have escaped parts of the
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country. cope founder of enough project, it's really a campaign trying to end the violence there. john, what have you seen on the ground? you have folks on the ground there trying to end this war and stop the fighting. >> yeah. it's a major human humanitarian crisis. some going over international borders and being displaced into the jungles of congo and there are efforts under way in the region to try to bring an end to the fighting but it doesn't yet have one of the these coordinated international peace processes that has real leverage and real international backing. a lot of closed-door meetings amongst some of the biggest -- the guys with the biggest guns but it hasn't included a wider set of actors that might be able to deal with the root causes. >> so your group, your organization is involved in trying to bring an end to all of this but you've got back to back wars here dating back to the '90s, millions of folks who have
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been killed. what can you do? >> yeah. it is really remarkable. this is the deadliest war in the world since world war ii, by far. and there really is no internationally coordinated peace process. there's no united nations envoy. the united states doesn't have a presidential envoy to deal with this crisis. these are low-cost solutions. having that kind of international peace process that brings pressure to bear on the parties, rwanda supporting the rebels, uganda supporting the process, the government is creating problems in the east as well. they need to be preshed into looking at the root causes since this cycle of violence began. >> is there anything that people can link sometimes, you have people who are suffering, wars
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taking place in that area. >> yeah. thanks for asking for that because the link between all of us who buy these products, like laptops and cell phones, and the violence is congo is very direct. it's sourced from the congo. so a major international effort has -- is under way just like the blood diamonds movement a decade and a half ago for sierra leonne and trying to drive that international market, that supply chain to be a more peaceful and legally developed. so that's really the objective. join up in some of those international efforts, go on
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raisehopeforco raisehopeforco and talking about bringing transparency so that creates incentives for peace in the congo itself. >> john, thank you so much. we appreciate your effort and work in bringing attention to this. it's a great story. we have a backlash that we're following on capitol hill. the criticism against susan rice is heating up. we're going to give you the very latest live report next. hone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's worse -- look, our taxes are about to go up.
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i want to go back to capitol hill with dana bash. we are covering a breaking news story. dana, you've been following all of the ins and outs of this but essentially the u.n. ambassador susan rice is facing critics, trying to explain what she knew, what she didn't know coming out of the benghazi attacks and it really sounds like she is not winning over anybody, if anything, and it is somewhat surprising coming from moderates like senator susan collins. >> reporter: that's right. and what we just saw -- and i believe we had some of it live on air -- the second meeting that she had here on capitol
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hill, wrapping up with senator bob corker from tennessee. unlike susan collins, he was very open about his questioning of susan rice before this meeting, saying even something like she'd be a better democratic committee chair than secretary of state, because he, like other republicans, accuse her of being too political potentially for the job. here's what he said about just the meeting in general about what he learned about benghazi starting to say that he doesn't believe now that there were any roes in the administration with regard to how they dealt with the attack. >> the american people have a healthy distrust of government. we respect our country and love it but we have a healthy distrust of government and i would say that everything that i've seen around benghazi should lead people to continue to have a healthy distrust of our government. >> now, on the key question
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right now, which is a political question about whether or not if susan rice were to be nominated by president obama to be the next secretary of state, if she could get approved in the senate, senator corker was very clear saying that he's not going to go there right now. he won't say yay or nay. he also said that he had a message for the president, which is to take a step back, think about whether or not she would be appropriate person to be nominated. that's effectively what he said. if you read between the lines, it's, don't nominate her. >> dana, in talking to the members of congress and seeing how all of this has unfolded, specifically when you look at susan collins, a moderate from maine, what do you make of the susan rice's chances of even being nominated at this point, much less getting through the process with all of these unanswered questions and still criticisms? >> i tell you, suzanne, i was asking democratic leadership
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aides in the senate a couple of weeks ago when republicans first started her chief critics, senators mccain, graham, and eyo eyout ayotte, they said they didn't think it was even remotely possible for republicans to -- especially in the words of this one source, old white men to block the nomination of an african-american woman. they didn't think that was plausible. a few weeks later hearing from other republicans and doing the math, i'm not so sure that's true. i'm not so sure that it's true that democrats would be able to get the votes. but, again, that's why the susan collins' comment is so critical. as we talked about, she's one of the few remaining moderates and unlike other republicans who tend to get more political, she tries not to. >> dana, i've got to let you go. we're running out of time. any chance that susan rice would come back and talk to more
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welcome back to cnn "newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. we're focusing on breaking news. i want to go to dana bash who is on the hill. this is over the debate. ambassador susan rice is facing more backlash over the benghazi attack in libya.
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she met with two more republicans today, critics who have criticized her initial comments about the attack. susan collins of maine and bob corker of tennessee. after this meeting, senator collins says she is still very troubled by the events surrounding the attack in libya. let's listen in. >> i still have many questions that remain unanswered. i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election campaign by agreeing to go on the sunday shows to present the administration's position. >> dana bash, she's been following all of this on the hill. first of all, dana, it's quite surprising that senator collins -- she is one of the few moderates, moderate republicans.
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we thought that if susan rice was going to be convincing and win over anyone, it would be senator collins. she came out very tough, very hard on am kbassador rice. what went wrong for susan rice in those meetings? what went wrong? >> reporter: well, senator collins is a moderate and that's why this is pivotal meeting when it comes to her potential nomination for secretary of state. but susan collins -- senator collins is also the top republican in the homeland security. she has really been diving into the details of what happened at benghazi because they are doing an investigation of that committee. she had a lot of questions and didn't get the answers that she was looking for. as you just heard, she is troubled. then it comes to the next question, which is, if susan collins will actually say that she would support susan rice if
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she were nominated. >> i need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. she's not been posted yet out of homeland security committee investigation is ongoing. there are many different players in this and there's much yet to be learned. so i think it would be premature for me to reach that judgment now. >> reporter: now, suzanne, you talked about this in the last hour with peter bergen. senator collins did introduce a new wrinkle in the criticism of susan rice and that is that she was assistant secretary of state for african affairs back in 1998 when the bombings of the five embassies in africa happened. so senator collins is questioning susan rice's role in that and i can tell you, just in talking to -- you heard it from peter bergen, our foreign affairs reporter is also
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questioning that saying that, for the most part, that has to do with diplomatic security, not necessarily the role that susan rice had 14 years ago in the state department. >> peter bergen telling me that he really thought it was apple and oranges but this is a line of questioning. they have a right to ask any question that they want. dana, from the people that you have been speaking with, do you think that that is more or less likely to happen that the president would put her before these senators? >> reporter: it's still an open question, you know, because the white house is not saying anything except for the fact that the president a couple of weeks ago in a full-throated defense, even angry defense of susan rice. but another meeting that susan rice had today was with senator bob corker of tennessee. yesterday he told reporters in the hallways that he thought she would be a better democratic committee chair than secretary of state. he was very careful not to say
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one way or the other how he would vote if she were nominated. but he did say a warning for the president. >> i would just ask that the president step back away from all of the buzz around this particular situation and take a deep breath and decide who is the best secretary of state for our country at this time when we have so many issues to deal with. >> reporter: the point that he made is that he and other senators view the role of secretary of state differently from other cabinet posts where traditionally senators tend to give senators the benefit of doubt that they could have whomever they want in their cabinet when they seat the secretary of state differently. another point of controversy in these meetings that susan rice has been having has nothing to
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do with her and that is, yesterday the acting director of the cia told republican senators that it was actually the fbi that changed those controversial unclassified talking points that susan rice used, then called back six hours later and said, never mind, i was wrong, it was us, the cia who did it. i just interviewed lindsey graham who was in that meeting who is very baffled and very perplexed that somebody as high-ranking as the cia director, acting cia director would tell them something about an issue that is so controversial and such a political -- so politically controversial that is absolutely wrong. >> a lot of unanswered questions, a lotf concerns there and obviously very controversial. whether or not this moves forward, the potential nomination for susan rice. dana, excellent reporting, as always. of course, we're going to check back in with you as you continue to meet with members of congress. i want to talk about something
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that senator collins talked about, her concerns about the readiness of susan rice, given that she was assistant secretary for african affairs in the bombing of east africa of 1998. i spoke with our national security analyst, peter bergen, about whether or not that was even relevant. here's how he responded. >> two embassies were bombed by al qaeda, one simultaneously killing many. senator collins is certainly correct that at the time the ambassador to kenya requested additional security at -- or better security at the embassy because the security at that time was at a very busy intersection, not well-defended against car bombs and the like. as a result of the attacks, the state department produced new stand aurds which basically meant that any new embassy had to be moved back from major
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intersections or roads. and so, you know, collins is certainly right that this request was made. now, did susan rice not respond to that? i don't think we know the answer to that. was it even susan rice's responsibility? usually this is handled by the diplomatic security bureau which is in charge of these issues and so the fact that she was in charge of africa at the time of the state department may not have much bearing on this issue. we just -- and, you know, obviously she's not responsible for the benghazi security as ambassador of the u.n. we don't really know the facts of the matter and it's a tiny bit of a red herring, i think. >> debate over susan rice has been intense because she's considered president obama's top choice to replace hillary clinton and the president, as you know, appoints 16 members to his cabinet. they planned to leave after the president's first term. clinton, secretary clinton is one of them. in addition to ambassador rice, some have suggested the president considering senator
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john kerry. national security adviser tom donilon and on the short list as well, i want to bring in doug brinkley to join us. first of all, thank you very much. put this in perspective, if you have. we've seen this develop over the last couple of days and even the last couple of hours. the critics are not satisfied at all with what they are hearing. is there a point, is there a time now when perhaps the administration is thinking, cut their losses, this is not necessarily the right nominee? >> i would hope that that rubicon occurred today when senator collins turned her back on rice, that was not a good omen for rice becoming secretary of state. it's been a lot of testing and trial balloons making confirmation hearing. she very possibly likely could. but it will be a bruised affair
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and i'm not sure our country needs that right now. she's a fantastic american, great diplomat, but might be better working in the white house since president obama admires her so much as national security adviser. john kerry would pretty much breeze through. kerry is friends with mccain and could do bipartisanship. look, we have big problems in pakistan, afghanistan, iran. the whole middle east is a tender box. it's time to get somebody like john kerry above the fold instead of everything being about susan rice and benghazi. >> let's look at some of the positions that are open. is there a potential here for the president to reach across the aisle? he's talked about ushering in a new bipartisanship. are there some new republicans that would be good choices, good picks for any one of the open cabinet picks?
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>> absolutely. franklin roosevelt did this. he picked secretary frank knox, both republicans. bob gates was kept as secretary of defense. somebody like including hag echl hagel would go very far. everybody on capitol hill likes him. >> is there anybody that you think would make a real impact, a real different approach, even a cabinet shakeup that would dramatically form what we are going to see in the second term for president obama? >> most important thing is president obama to put the best people he can find. you know, we like in the united states named people. bill clinton is so high and there's been some people joking, isn't there a role for bill clinton? could he be ambassador to the united nations? i know that seems quite
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far-fetched but other ex-presidents became u.s. senators. it's not out of reach. bloomberg who has bold ideas on the economy, i doubt he would want something but all i'm suggesting is you don't always want to get people from the bureacracy. sometimes you want to people the best people in the country for that post. lincoln did that with the famous team of rivals idea. >> douglas, just to be the fly on a wall at the white house. the president is going to host mitt romney for a private lunch. how important, how significant is that, even if it's symbolic, that you have these two rivals having lunch together at the white house? >> extremely important. it's the right thing to do. it's going to be a good photo-op for obama and romney together. remember in 1960, kennedy barely, barely beat nixon. yet they met and had a great feeling effect.
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in 2000, the whole dangling debacle that declared george bush over al gore but then they met and gore admitted he lost. it was very healing. it's an important step tomorrow to garnering a new spirit of bipartisanship if that's possible. >> we hope it's possible. we know that secretary clinton, you know, she once was a rival of obama. do you think that mitt romney, is there a place for him in the administration? >> no. mitt romney has a lot of money and he should go enjoy it i think at this point. it's not his time. he needs to do other things. there's no real role for him in the obama administration. it wouldn't work. after all, he's been somebody who -- he would have to be a cabinet person and it would be a mess. it's a photo op tomorrow but a nice healing one and they are doing the right thing by engaging in that tomorrow. >> all right. douglas brinkley, good to see you, as always.
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your mother told you eat your vegetables. dr. oz now has a new take on your mom's advice. he tells you to eat your frozen veggies. dr. oz says you don't have to spend a fortune if you know what to buy. frozen and canned foods can be just as nutritious. the cover story of "time" magazine, what to eat now? dr. oz, vice chairman and professor of surgery at columbia university. dr. oz, good to see you. i think i'm guilty. i'm one of those food snobs. what's wrong with being a food snob? >> i'm surrounded by food snob.
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there's nothing wrong if you can afford it. we talk about food a lot on my show and over and over again people think that you can't afford to eat well in america. we decided to do the 99% diet, also known as the anti-snob diet. i'm here to prove that you can change. i'm going to give you an example. i brought with me frozen peas. there are frozen foods at the top. why frozen peas? frozen foods -- the technology is 100 years old. you flash freeze the vegetables. why is that important? if you harvest when they are ripe, they harvested from the sun, flash freeze them, preserve those newt trutrients. this is a big part, suzanne, many folks have wasteage. if it's frozen, you never throw it away. you save money when you buy it and by not wasting it.
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>> so is it really possible that you could get frozen veggies or veggies in a can and it's just as good as fresh or would you just go for the fresh stuff? >> if you have the money, of course, buy the organic food and fresh vegie. but for a lot of folks it's a big issue. the difference between a frozen box of peas and fresh peas is about 10%. it's trivial. buy the frozen products, they are the best buys out there. canned salmon. think about this. it has almost everything that fresh salmon has. but the price is a tiny fraction. that's another place you can make a choice. when you buy a canned product, make sure the salt content p is reasonable but why spend more when you don't have to. >> talk a little bit about, should you eat meat, not eat
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meat? i know you're surrounded -- outnumbered by vegetarians in your own house? >> you're absolutely right. my wife has been a vegetarian since she was 13. we have meat in our households. three servings a week. it's about the size of your palm. if you get three servings a week, that serving size is healthy for you. >> tell us a little bit about -- you say some foods get a bad rap. guacamole and what people think are bad for you but it's not as bad as people think. >> i'm going to talk about that
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in a minute. we process it the wrong way. if you take chicken and fry it, you messed tup. so stay away from that kind of mistake. with regard to american favorites, some of the most ordinary foods are helpful. you mentioned guacamole. a ton of omega 3 fats. peanut butter. what a great opportunity for you. you can start out on the shelf. don't have anything added to it. no extra sugar, no processed materials added to it. the one catch with most of these foods is what you put them on. instead of fried pieces of wheat, instead, buy baked pita chips. >> i had guacamole just last night. i loved it. you say you can have ice cream now and then as well? >> of course. we're talking about not a ton of food here.
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175.2 million but ticket sales, they are going mad all over the country. mary snow in new york, i've got to get my ticket. i've got to get into this. it could be big. i think i'm going to win. >> reporter: i'll take care of you later, suzanne short of requests from our colleagues. we're on the stretch of 9th avenue. the big attraction, the store owners have not gotten a chance to update that jackpot. this is a 24-hour bodega and they said that they've had a steady stream of powerball ticket buyers throughout the night and into the morning and they say they are estimating their sales about five times what they normally do. now, we're hearing from a number of different stores. we've talked to a number of ticket powerball buyers and they are shrugging off the daunting
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odds. one man, he's a first-time buyer. what made you play? >> i decided to take 2 bucks and buy a ticket. >> reporter: so you spent 2 bucks of the 10? >> yes. >> reporter: do you play powerball? >> yes, i play whenever it gets beyond the original posting, the first week when there's no winner, then i jump in. >> reporter: how much would you say you spend every year on powerball tickets? >> i would say about $400, $20 each time, about 20 weeks or so i do it. >> reporter: that was stewart zucker man, a pharmacist down the street. he's been buying tickets for friends in various parts of the country. suzanne, new york state lottery officials just got off the phone with them, they are estimating nearly $2 million an hour in ticket sales.
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suzanne? >> that's pretty awesome. did you pick up a picket? did you get one? >> reporter: i did. i hate to be the office scrooge. i did not go in on an office poll. but, yes, i did. you have to. >> absolutely. we're going to do an office pool ourselves. i heard this, i don't even know if it's right, you have more of a chan of getting hit by a coconut on your head and being killed that way than actually winning in this powerball, like that's your odd. >> reporter: that, that sounds about right. and you know, one interesting thing, though, i talked to one economist who crunches the numbers on these kinds of powerball drawings and he's saying, again, this is one estimate, that he thinks it's more likely that one person will win this jackpot given the size that it is. >> all right. thank you, mary. good luck to all of us. hopefully we'll see you at work tomorrow. i want to go to the white
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house. you're looking at a live picture here. this is one of the rooms newly decorated for the holiday season. first lady michelle obama hosting military families. she's going to be entertaining as well. there's going to be arts and crafts in the state dining room. let's listen. at the white house, yeah, it's a cool house. i like it. i have said this many times before and i will say it again because i can't say it enough, our military families truly represent the very best that this country has to offer and i've seen it up close. you all do so much for this country and you do it with such amazing poise and grace. you all are outstanding neighbors. you are just phenomenal focused parents. you all are tremendous co-workers and community leaders in your own rights and you all
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do this under such extraordinary circumstances. so many of you are doing it while moving from base to base every couple of years. enduring all of those months of long deployments with loved ones serving oftentimes halfway around the world. and then there are military kids. you guys look gorgeous today and handsome and very clean. and we're going to try to change that because we're going to have sugar and glue and stuff like that and it will be okay, moms and dads, because the photos will have been done so they can get a little messy and get the black bow cookies around their mouths. but you guys are very brave. you all are tremendous heroes in your own rights because we know how hard you all work toll
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adjust to the changes that go on in your life. how many new schools have you guys been in? give me some numbers. have you been -- you go ahead, how many schools have been to? >> four. >> and how old are you? >> ten. four schools, ten years old. that is typical. and then you meet these kids and they've been to so many schools but they are adjusting and they are keeping their grades up, right? i can tell. you are an a student. i can just feel it. and so many of you step up and handle your business while mom or dad is away, right? you do what you can do. and i just want you all to know, all of you, just how proud we are. we are so proud of you. we think you're pretty amazing individuals. i know you may not feel that way, but you're special and we're just so happy to have you here. we're grateful for your sacrifice. we're grateful for your service. and that's really why we wanted to invite all of you here today.
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to say thank you. this is one big huge thank you from me to you all. thank you. we have found some wonderful ways to pay tribute to your service and sacrifice as an important part of our holiday decorating efforts here at the white house. and it starts, as you all have seen, the minute visitors walk through the white house for their tours. the first thing they say, the very first tree they see honors our men and women in uniform for the extraordinary sacrifice their and their families have made and thanks to several of you here today, i know that this tree is now decorated with special gold star ornaments bearing the names of some of america's greatest heroes, those who gave their lives for our country and any gold star family who visits the white house during the season will have an
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opportunity to decorate their own ornament and hang it on that very tree for the entire holiday period in honor of their loved ones. but there's more. because in that area there's also an opportunity for visitors to fill out operation honor cards and i filled out many myself. but these cards are used to pledge an individual service to their community in honor of our military families, service members, and veterans. and guests will also be able to write a note expressing their gratitude for the service that all of you have given to this country. and we are also honoring our military families with some very special decorations on the official white house christmas tree that's in the blue room. it's the biggest tree in the house. it's huge. stands close to 19 feet tall. it is one of my favorite trees.
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>> we've been listening to michelle obama. she's paying tributes specifically to the military families, the men, the women, as well as their children who have been invited to the white house and she is giving them their due. women in the military excluded for more than 200,000 jobs. why? because not allowed to serve in ground combat roles. well, now there are four female war vets taking issue with that and now fighting back. >> the policy limits my future in the marine corps. i would be assigned to positions based on my gender rather than on my qualifications or accomplishments. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] can't find theraflu? try alka-seltzer plus for fast, liquid, cold, and flu relief.
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four american women, four american war vets, they are now suing the department of defense saying that the military policy that keeps women out of ground combat is outdated, unfair, and actually bad for their careers. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us. tell us who these women are and
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what exactly they want changed. >> well, suzanne, these particular women are veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan and like many military women, they are getting very frustrated about the rules here because basically many jobs have been opened to women but women are still legally prohibited by the military from serving in front line combat positions. these women say it's keeping them from advancing in their careers and that the reality of war, of course, is that women are in combat these days. one of them even helicopter pilot, she was shot down, wounded, and got a purple heart. listen to what one of these women had to say about their concerns. >> the policy limits my future in the marine corps. i would be assigned to positions based on my gender rather than my qualifications or accomplishments. this doesn't make sense to me personally or professionally and frankly doesn't make sense to
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the military. >> what they are saying is, look, here's the reality. thousands of women are serving. the statistics we have from the pentagon, over 250,000 military women have served in support of the wars in iraq and afghanistan, 250,000. 84 women killed in action, over 1,000 women wounded. so the reality, of course, is that women already are out there. now they just want a level playing field. >> barbara, we know that they've had these challenges before. is this case any different? do we expect anything different to come of it. >> it comes at an interesting time. defense secretary leon panetta has changed some of what he can within the rules that he controls inside the pentagon, opening up a lot more jobs, combat-related jobs to women. and the military is ex peehibitr meanting whether they can pass
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the physical tests. two women trying to pass the marine corps infantry program failed that program due to the physical standards that that program has. so it's a lot of questions right now about whether women can pass the physical rigors of some of the most stringent combat jobs they have and even if they can, is the country willing to have women in those front line combat jobs, right in the foxholes. >> bar ra, thank you so much. it started with a complaint over loud music and resulted in the death of one teen, jordan davis. how his death is now being compared to trayvon martin's. ♪
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a dispute over loud music leads to a deadly shooting in florida. a man fires into a car full of teenagers killing a 17-year-old. the death of jordan davis is already being compared to the trayvon martin case where an unarmed black teen was shot by a volunteered neighborhood watch. the lawyer for the accused in this case says there is no comparison. i want to bring in martin savidge who has been following the story for us. why does she say that? what are the similarities and differences here? >> there are a couple of things. it was black friday, 7:40 at night. four teens, all african-americans, sitting at a gas station and then pulls up this gentleman who is white, 45
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years old, and starts complaining about the loud music. everybody admits that it's loud. somehow that complaint turns into a confrontation. claims that one of the young men starts cursing at him and making threats and then he says that somebody pointed a gun in his direction. he happened to have his own concealed was licensed to have and he fired eight or nine shots into the suv and then amazingly he drives off. he says he didn't know that he left behind a young 17-year-old who had been shot twice and who dies a few minutes later. so this is that altercation. the reason the attorney says it is not a george zimmerman, she says this wasn't a vigilante case of justice. this was a case of a man defending himself. now, police say, hey, look, there was no gun found in the car of those teenagers. and that's where it got things complicated. >> has anybody been arrested or -- >> michael dunn has been taken into custody. he was arrested the day after. that's another significant difference. remember in the george zimmerman case, you had this -- for over a month. now this man was taken into custody, he's been charged with
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murder, currently being held without bond, so, you know, he's moving forward in the legal process, charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. >> how is the community responding or reacting to this? you have these already these comparisons and these parallels that are being drawn. is that from some sort of racial divide or -- >> a couple of things. you know, certainly the sensitivity still exists in the state of florida. there is still the issue of stand your ground, not resolved in the zimmerman case and that may be the defense used in this particular case. on top of that, it is another 17-year-old african youth gunned down and killed by a person of a different race or ethnicity, so you have that, and then on top of that, it happened in jacksonville, which happens to be the jurisdiction of angela curry, angela curry is the one prosecuting george zimmerman in the trayvon martin case. there are a number of connection, that doesn't necessarily make it the same thing. >> is there any community act e activism going on?
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you had people going out on the street and responding. >> again, because of the fact this person was taken into custody, very quickly, haven't had it yet. the other thing that should be pointed out, though, this all happened on a holiday weekend. and this story really hasn't gotten much attention because of that fact. it is coming out now. we'll see. >> all right. martin savage, thank you, martin, appreciate it. bp agreed to pay the largest criminal fine in u.s. history for its connection to the 2010 gulf oil spill. now the company takes another hit from the u.s. government. with the spark cash card from capital one, sven's home security gets the most rewards of any small business credit card! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less?
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